The Genesis GV70 EV Loses Its Engine but Not Its Style

The small Genesis SUV makes a smooth transition towards electrification.

  • The Genesis Electrified GV70 ditches the engine and sports an all-electric powertrain.
  • The Electrified Genesis GV70 is available exclusively with two motors and all-wheel drive, but can disconnect motors to help with its range.
  • The Genesis GV70 EV sends 482 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque to the wheels.

    Genesis expands its portfolio at Auto Guangzhou with an electric version of the GV70. Aptly named the Genesis Electrified GV70, this EV variant of the Genesis crossover doesn’t lose too much in transition to an electric vehicle. It sticks with the general styling direction already laid out with the GV70—even the massive Genesis grille—and most of the content from the Genesis G70 makes its way to the EV except, obviously, the engine.

    Powering this GV70 EV is a pair of electric motors that drive the front and rear axles. According to Genesis, each motor offers a maximum of 482 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the boost mode. This high-performance drive mode also helps the GV70 sprint to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. If you don’t need all that power all of the time, Genesis will disconnect drive motors through its Disconnector Actuator System. This switches the Electrified GV70 from all- to two-wheel drive on the fly to help eke out as much range as possible. Genesis estimates the Korean market range to hit 248 miles per charge. This range isn’t great, but the 350-kW rapid charging can bring you to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes.

    Even though the exterior largely is like the standard, internal-combustion GV70, there are some small differences. First, the grille uses the same basic design as the standard Genesis, but because the vehicle doesn’t require much airflow, the grille instead is home to a hidden charging port. And there are no engine tell-tale exhaust pipes out back, which will make this EV easy to tell apart from its gas-burning counterpart on the road.

    There’s no word yet on whether this vehicle is making its way to the States, though it would make for a natural fit in the expanding EV lineup of Kia and Hyundai, especially considering the Genesis GV60 is headed to the US.

    Let us know your thoughts below on the prospects of a production Electrified Genesis GV70 heading the States.

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